Rosie O’Donnell to Kick Off New Show on Oprah’s Network

Former talk show host, Rosie O’Donnell is all set to make her big return to television this October with her new show called “The Rosie Show.”

Changing from the initial idea of being a themed show to a more variety type program, O’Donnell was at the Television Critics Association Press Tour this Friday talking about the new program and what to expect for the show as it becomes part of Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network.

“It’s is going to be different from the old show in that when I was 33 I think the appeal of my program was there was an authentic, genuine appreciation of pop culture,” 49-year-old Rosie explained. “I loved these people, like Streisand and Tom Cruise, the concept that I could meet them was really beyond my belief, and now I’m 50, and both of those people have stayed in my house, right? So the enthusiasm that I had for celebrities is changed. I have evolved and grown, and the show is going to be reflective of that”

The Rosie Show, set to premiere on October 10, will air week nights at 7 pm and feature a comedic opening, celebrity guests, and games – yes that’s right, games.

“You know my goal in life was to host The Price is Right,” admitted O’Donnell. “It has been in every TV contract I’ve ever signed. Should Bob Barker retire, this is my contractual out, and then he retired, and I begged them, and they chose Drew Carey,” she said, quickly adding, “He’s doing a fine job.”

While there are still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming show, one thing that is certain is that Rosie – an outspoken liberal – will not shy away from voicing her opinion.

Need a reminder?

Check out the infamous 2007 cat fight between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and O’Donnell during her previous TV talk show gig on ABC’s The View.